The Senior Pastor provides spiritual, pastoral, outreach, administrative, and servant leadership to the congregation of Spring Branch Baptist Church so the congregation might fulfill its mission as a light of Christ in the community. The Senior Pastor relates to and connects with multiple generations and a diverse congregation within an rural environment. In addition, the pastor represents the congregation in denominational or community organizations and activities to learn new ways that the church can support and engage with the surrounding area. Recognizing the importance of spiritual health and one’s personal relationship with God, the Senior Pastor takes time for regular prayer, Bible study, rest, and recreation. Lastly, the Senior Pastor extends God’s grace to others and leads by example as one who is relational, authentic, transparent, and humble. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
• Conduct worship that enables people to hear the word of God and participate in personal and corporate devotion and relationship with God.
• Plan, in consultation with the Music Director and Staff, all elements of all regular worship services of the Church.
• Prepare and deliver sermons and lessons at all regular worship services of the Church unless on occasion the congregation authorizes another to fulfill this responsibility.
• Prepare and lead all special worship events of the Church, including Christmas Eve, Communion, Thanksgiving, as well as weddings and funerals unless otherwise provided for as authorized by the Church.
• Guide the spiritual formation of the congregation through teaching, preaching, and leadership by example.
• Work with the Youth Pastor/Children’s Ministry and Church Leadership to ensure that the Church is provided with opportunities to pray and to study the Bible and the Christian Tradition, e.g. Wed. night prayer service and summer activities.
• Work with the Youth Pastor/Children’s Ministry and Church Leadership to ensure that the Church is provided with opportunities to be involved in hands-on mission opportunities within and beyond the Church.
• Work with the Youth Pastor/Children’s Ministry and Church Leadership to encourage the congregation to give time, talents, and resources in service to God.
• Oversee all areas of the congregation’s ministry in consultation with the Deacons, Trustees,
Church Council and Committees.
• Support, supervise, manage and provide input for the evaluation of church employees in conjunction with the Deacons.
• Build a sense of team-work among church staff and Committee Chairs. Hold and/or attend regular meetings to coordinate the ministries of the church and facilitate communication.
• Enable Deacons, Church Officers, and Committee Chairs to better perform their duties through training and support.
• Have a heart for other ministries and an understanding of the challenges of sharing the gospel in an area with many differing views and opinions.
• Make a concerted effort to engage new visitors and encourage them to take an active role in the church.
• Provide training opportunities to the congregation for outreach and evangelism.
• Work with the congregation to support mission opportunities, to encourage the Church in giving to missions, and to involve the Church in personal mission service.
• Visit or contact church members to encourage their involvement or to address their personal needs (especially all homebound church members).
• Provide pastoral care in conjunction with other staff, committees, and deacons through visitation, counseling, and prayer.
• Make appropriate referrals when necessary and quickly respond to crisis situations which arise in the congregation.
• Must be willing to relocate.
• Devout personal faith in Christ, familiar with the Baptist tradition and able to fully support the by-laws and constitution of Spring Branch Baptist Church.
• Ordained and/or licensed to preach.
• At least five years of experience in a similar ministry position is preferred.
• The position of Senior Pastor is a full time position and requires great flexibility in hours available for work, including evenings and weekends. Any ministerial secondary employment must be requested in writing to the Deacons outlining the nature of the employment. The Deacons may approve or deny this request & share decisions with the church at the next business meeting to be recorded in the minutes. Secular Secondary employment will not be considered.
• The pastor should be in the office a sufficient amount of time for accessibility to members of the congregation and for regular communication with members of the church staff. The pastor should take 1 or 2 days off during the week when church needs will allow and it does not conflict with church activities.
• The Senior Pastor will be credited with two (2) weeks leave per year.
• The Senior Pastor shall be allowed two (2) weeks per year for events which constitute continuing education in areas related to pastoral ministry and/or to preach revivals, lead church conferences, or attend conventions.